“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song
,” the singer wrote in a statement posted on her verified Instagram account
“Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” 그녀는 계속했다. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hateful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change.”
The song contained the word “스파즈,” which drew complaints that it is a slur against those who are disabled.
“Hey @lizzo my disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia
(where spasticity refers to unending painful tightness in my legs
) your new song makes me pretty angry
+ 슬퍼,” one person tweeted.
’ doesn’t mean freaked out or crazy
. It’s an ableist slur
. 이것의 2022. Do better.
That same Twitter user later thanked Lizzo after the Grammy winner announced she was changing the lyric
, calling Lizzo
“a real true ally.
Lizzo also seemed appreciate of the heads up.
“This is the result of me listening and taking action,” she ended her statement. “As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”